Hi, there! It’s been a while since I made these statues, but I have finally put together the tutorial for them.
Upon deciding that I wanted to have two statues of ballet figures in front of my ballet theater, I thought of a couple of ways to make them.
The initial thought was to modify pre-existing Sylvanians. But that thought was too heart breaking, so it quickly disappeared.
Then I thought of taking molds of my Sylvanians. Well, I wasn’t too sure how well flocked fur would hold during the process, so that idea was turned down, too.
So I gave up trying to cheat, and set my mind on making my own statues with clay.
Once I was determined, I thought, “I might as well make statues that are impossible unless it’s made with clay!”
I’ll explain what I mean as we go…
As you probably know, Sylvanian Families have ballerina dolls with special body parts. These ballerinas are girl sized, so I combined that design and the figure of a big sister doll. Big sister Sylvanian is taller and has slender figure, and I thought it would be a great model for my statue.
I made body parts in rough shape first.
Once the clay was hard, I shaved off some extra clay to adjust the connecting joints.
Then I connected the parts.
Once the body was intact and hardened, I added some clay to create more seamless joints, and let the clay harden once more.
After the clay hardened, I sanded the surface to smooth out a bit.
Then I made clothes for my ballerina.
As for the “Big brother” statue, I totally made up the body shape. I used silk cat big sister’s face as a model for this one. By the way, I did consult numbers of real ballet photos to decide this posing, and I also think that my own experience learning ballet in my childhood helped a lot to make sure I got the details correctly. And this posing is not possible with actual Sylvanian dolls. Using clay made it possible!
Once the statues were done, I painted them light gray at first. But I didn’t really like how they blended in with the stairs in the background.
So I painted them once again, with bronze.
It was pretty hard to make sure that the statues looked good from every angle, but I really like how they turned out.